Decorative Paint Technique: Colour Washing

Colour Washing is a painting technique that can be applied to really anything - walls, furniture, accessories, fabrics etc.  You can either be quite subtle with the effect or can be bold and Colour Wash with a few different colours.  We've found some great ideas on how you can add Colour Washing to your room and how to do it!


When applying Colour Washing to walls, you can really play around with colour and texture since your artwork is a larger canvas.  Try using a paint brush with water to give your walls that artist watercolour look, otherwise a sponge can give your Colour Washing an aged effect and if you are wanting that running water marked look then play around with a water sprayer and spray your paint with water.  We recommend having play around first with colour and technique on a board before applying to your wall.

Colour Washing isn't only limited to your smooth walls, you can even apply the Colour Washing technique to timbers.  This can be a great way of updating a timber wall!  If you are applying Colour Washing to your smooth walls, this too can be a great way to disguise any imperfections you may have on your walls!


Furniture & Accessories

Don't want to add too much of Colour Washing to your room?  Then why not add Colour Washing to a piece of your furniture or accessories!  Colour Washing also looks great on your front door, with a clear exterior coating!


How to Colour Wash

Colour Washing will take a little practise and playing around to perfect the sort of look you are wanting.  Depending on the look you are trying to create and how many colours you are using will also depend on the method.

First paint the surface with a water based paint (bear in mind you may require an undercoat if applying to timber and other non adhesive or porous surfaces) and you may need to thin the paint first by adding water if you are wanting less solid colour.  While the paint is still wet, either use a brush, sponge or rag that has been dipped in water and run along the wet paint to thin it out (apply more water if you are wanting a more transparent look to thin the paint.  If you are wanting more of a solid colour, paint one coat of the colour on the surface, let it dry and then with the second coat (with either the same colour or different colour) apply the Colour Wash Technique.  Instead of using a brush, sponge or rag, try using a water spray bottle (filled with water) and spray at different distances. 


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